Don't Look at Me; I'm Just As Baffled
11:15 A.M. FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2009
This was supposed to be an historic season. It had all the makings of a record-breaking campaign. All the pieces were in place with nearly every impact player returning from last year's team that put BU on the map.
It wasn't supposed to be like this.
Wednesday night's loss to OU was our sixth straight. It's our umpteenth loss in a row to the Sooners and our third-straight home loss to a team circled on our calendar.
After losses to Mizzou and Kansas last week, our weaknesses were obvious. We were getting out-rebounded, getting out-scored in the paint and simply were not getting the output from our seniors we needed.
One week and two more losses later, we've got a new problem hamstringing this team.
We can't shoot.
Last week, I called CJ out (Ceej, I still love you bro) and he responded with 20 points against Tech and dropped 19 against OU. He made his free throws and drained some threes. Yeah, the turnovers are still problematic, but we really needed CJ to make some shots when he gets an open look. He's held up his end of the bargain.
So has our coaching staff, in my opinion. Wednesday night we actually out-rebounded OU. Yeah, you read that right. After getting bullied around in Norman for two hours a few weeks back, we made some adjustments and did a decent job of containing thee Blake Griffin. OU made a handful of jaw dropping shots Wednesday night that always seem to happen against a team in a slump.
Anyone else nearly break a not-so-durable instrument when OU's Austin Johnson buried that trey?
Really, we played well enough to beat OU. We played tough defense, limited easy baskets and hustled on both sides of the floor.
We just couldn't shoot.
Lace, Tweety and Dugat shot a combined 2-20 from behind the arc. We're not going to beat Centenary when we shoot 19% as a team from downtown, let alone the No. 2 ranked team in the country.
Drew's staff has made some adjustments, and the team is still fighting. Maybe it's time to dedicate an entire practice to jump shots.
Then again, this is why I don't coach.
A Signing Day To Notice
The football team provided a nice diversion from this hoops skid last week with Art Briles' landing undoubtedly the best signing class this school has seen since joining the Big 12.
I'm not a huge advocate or believer in the accuracy of recruiting magazines and web sites, but it bears mentioning that this class is considered far from the basement of the Big 12 and as high as No. 42 nationally.
There is some definite momentum behind this program right now. We finished the season by getting better each week, we have a schedule that should allow for some early W's, and, oh yeah, we still have three seasons of RG3 behind center.
And the way it looks, he'll have a boatload of talent surrounding him these next few years.